Disturbing stories in the press suggest that Canada uses torture.  Not directly perhaps.  But indirectly.  Documents show that Canada’s spy agency (CSIS) told the government they could not pursue suspected terrorists unless they were allowed to use information from regimes known to use torture.  In other  words officials claim terror cases might not stand up without information obtained under duress.  Certainly CSIS wanted to use “derivative information” – information initially obtained by torture but subsequently corroborated by legal means.

It is distubing in the exteme that Canada would use torture  even indirectly.  Do we want to be like the United States under Bush and Cheney who consistently extolled “enhanced interrogation.”  What a disgusting phrase.  Every time I hear those words I want to throw up.  Enhanced interrogation is against the U.S. military manual and it is against international law.

By the way do the “enhanced interrogation” crowd approve of the enemy using torture against Americans?  It boggles the mind.

Should Canada use torture?

What do you think?


  1. 1

    If a country wants to really distinguish itself,it doesn`t use or benefit from torture. civilian police seem to be able to get what they need to know from long interrogation-going on for hours on end , or the like.

    John McCain underwent torture for years,and he opposes it. He being a veteran,as opposed to Bush and his friends says a lot.

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Besides, there is a good deal of evidence that information elicited by torture, in many instances, is not reliable.

  3. 3

    This was a topic that was largely ignored.
    Maybe, we really do not care how the government gathers information, as long as it’s not in our back yard.
    I admit that I haven’t given it much thought.

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    Jim Says:

    Your question runs parallel to a question at the end of WWII. Nazi Dr.Mengele performed many illegal operations on prisoners in the name of science to learn how the body and brain works. Some objectors, at the time, said that we should not take advantage of his discoveries because they were found under inhumane practices. So the question is, should we not endorse a cure for MS because of the uncouth way in which it was found? Like-wise should we not make inquiries from any source possible (no questions asked re torture) about the background of individuals, in order that some indivifuals won’t be running around Canada doing the crazies?.

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